"Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness." - Auguste Escoffier
There's something comforting about home-cooked food that warms our heart instantly. It's a labour of love; you know what goes into your food, the ingredients used and the effort that goes into whipping up a nutritious meal.
If you are new to cooking or time-poor to make dinner after a long day at work, give yourself permission to start small. Instead of eating out 5 days a week, aim to cook at least once a week and gradually increase your meals at home as you progress. It may seem daunting but the results will be worth the while.
When you are eating out, you are really paying for convenience. On average, restaurants increase at least thirty per cent of their prices to accommodate for their overhead costs. With the convenience of food delivery, you could even be paying higher than dine-in price. Eating out frequently can take a serious toll on your wallet.
It all comes down to proper planning. Make a grocery list and plan your meals several days ahead. You can also cook your favourite recipes in advance and store them in the freezer and reheat them for your next meal.
Cooking at home helps curb food waste and the temptation of overeating. How often do we find ourselves over ordering and asking for a takeaway bag at restaurants? Additionally, keep in mind that it's best to refrigerate food from restaurants within 2 hours of cooking to minimise foodborne illnesses from occurring.
Restaurant food tends to be high in fat, salt and sugar content. Conversely, when you cook at home, you are in full control of what goes into your food. Make it a point to incorporate more fibre-rich foods to your diet such as whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, broccoli and carrots.
Research has shown that a fibre-rich diet is beneficial in increasing good bacteria in your gut. Start your morning right with a healthy VITAGEN shake you can whip up at home. VITAGEN contains billions or probiotic cultures for a healthier gut.
Build Healthy Eating Habits As A Family
Food knowledge starts from young. If you have kids and you want them to have a healthy relationship with food, there's no better way than to lead by example. Cooking at home teaches them how to choose ingredients, learn where their produce comes from and what's nutritious. It's fun to discover recipes together and a great way to inspire the family to live a healthier life.